FILM : Door in the Wall, The
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FILM / MOVIE TITLE DATE FILM STAR(S) WHO APPEAR IN THE LOCATION SCENES FILM / MOVIE LOCATIONS / SCENES
Door in the Wall, The 1956 Stephen Murray, Ian Hunter, Leonard Sachs, Ann Blake London
Director : Glenn H Alvey Jnr.   Production Company : Associated British Pathé and the BFI Experimental Film Fund  Region : LONDON C-D

An outwardly successful politician is perturbed by a recurring vision of a childhood memory in which a mysterious green door led to a magical garden. As a result he astonishes his old friend when he refuses the appointment of Lord Chief Justice having seen the door at critical moments during his life. He further informs his friend that if he sees the door again, he will enter it.

Whilst not a commercially distributed film in accordance with our basic criteria the aspects of its background, the number of locations included and containing actors of note make this film worthy of inclusion in our listings.

It is essentially an experimental film, designed to explore the possibilities of the Dynamic Frame technique evolved by Glenn H Alvey Jnr. The aim was to combine the advantages of the new “big screens” with an ability to compose in close-up, to select detail and to emphasise mood. To achieve this, the dimensions of the frame (in this case VistaVision) change both laterally and vertically both from one shot to another or during a scene. 

Screen captures and locations provided by Jules Ballantyne and uncredited now shots by Richard Lovejoy

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Door in the Wall, The - Sir Frank Wallace (Stephen Murray) and Henry Redmond (Ian Hunter) walk to Henry’s home discussing Sir Frank taking the position of Lord Chief Justice. Corner of Aldensley Road and Cardross St. London W6
Door in the Wall, The

ditwa001. Sir Frank Wallace (Stephen Murray) and Henry Redmond (Ian Hunter) walk to Henry’s home discussing Sir Frank taking the position of Lord Chief Justice. Corner of Aldensley Road and Cardross St. London W6

ditwa001n. Just a few changes revealed in this lighter brighter daytime shot.
(Modern Photo Added: 28-02-2017)

Door in the Wall, The - As part of explaining the reason that he cannot accept the position he recounts part of his childhood, saying one day he “slipped away” from his home. Gwendwr Road looking towards corner with Glazbury Road, London W14
Door in the Wall, The

ditwa002. As part of explaining the reason that he cannot accept the position he recounts part of his childhood, saying one day he “slipped away” from his home. Gwendwr Road looking towards corner with Glazbury Road, London W14

ditwa002n. The little lad would have had to be more careful crossing the road these days.
(Modern Photo Added: 28-02-2017)

Door in the Wall, The - Frank (Malcolm Knight) crosses the road and turns the corner. Corner of Glazbury Road and Gwendwr Road.
Door in the Wall, The

ditwa003. Frank (Malcolm Knight) crosses the road and turns the corner. Corner of Glazbury Road and Gwendwr Road.

ditwa003n. Much the same save the satellite dish.
(Modern Photo Added: 28-02-2017)

Door in the Wall, The - Whilst trying to catch a cat he is confronted by Birdman (Oliver Johnson). Glazbury Road looking towards Gwendwr Road, London W6
Door in the Wall, The

ditwa004. Whilst trying to catch a cat he is confronted by Birdman (Oliver Johnson). Glazbury Road looking towards Gwendwr Road, London W6

ditwa004n. "Birdman" seems to have flown.
(Modern Photo Added: 28-02-2017)

Door in the Wall, The - Frank continues to walk the local streets. Dorville Crescent on the corner with Wellesley Ave., London W6
Door in the Wall, The

ditwa005. Frank continues to walk the local streets. Dorville Crescent on the corner with Wellesley Ave., London W6

ditwa005n. It looked as if it needed re-development.
(Modern Photo Added: 28-02-2017)

Door in the Wall, The - Looking both ways, he crosses. Cardross Street, London W6
Door in the Wall, The

ditwa006. Looking both ways, he crosses. Cardross Street, London W6

ditwa006n. Smart residences now.
(Modern Photo Added: 28-02-2017)

Door in the Wall, The - Passes a shop…. Aldensley Road, London W6
Door in the Wall, The

ditwa007. Passes a shop…. Aldensley Road, London W6

ditwa007n. I am convinced the "shop" was a prop.
(Modern Photo Added: 28-02-2017)

Door in the Wall, The - …and is quickly presented with a green latched door. After some indecision, he enters to find he is in a garden with parrots and flamingos and other children. After a strange event of seeing a book evidencing his unhappy life, he returns, crying, to the outside world. Unknown location.
Door in the Wall, The

ditwa008. …and is quickly presented with a green latched door. After some indecision, he enters to find he is in a garden with parrots and flamingos and other children. After a strange event of seeing a book evidencing his unhappy life, he returns, crying, to the outside world. Unknown location.

Door in the Wall, The - There a policeman (Frank Forsyth) tries to find out what is wrong. Sycamore Gardens, London W6
Door in the Wall, The

ditwa009. There a policeman (Frank Forsyth) tries to find out what is wrong. Sycamore Gardens, London W6

ditwa009n. No policeman available to pose for my shot.
(Modern Photo Added: 28-02-2017)

Door in the Wall, The - And takes him home. Corner of Sycamore Gardens and Benbow Road, London W6
Door in the Wall, The

ditwa010. And takes him home. Corner of Sycamore Gardens and Benbow Road, London W6

ditwa010n. No mistaking the name of the road now.
(Modern Photo Added: 28-02-2017)

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